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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Golden Rye IPA - An outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to flavor. 1.065 OG 7% AB

Added by OStrungT on 08-11-2006

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Photo of Alequine
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw color with a puffy head which settles into the beer. Light hoppy flavor with citrus. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel with a citrusy and light bitter finish.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Smokepot23 for this in a trade.

A - Golden color with a nice two finger fluffy head that had nice retention and left some sheets throughout the course of the drink with some chunks on it.

S - Pretty mild, floral hops with a touch of citrus. Somewhat grassy with slight lemon. Slight rye notes.

T - This is really good. Rye and light malts with a sweet hop profile. Slighty piney, and more orange than grapefruit citrus with some bitterness. Very pleasant.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Very easy drinker, polished off the bomber with no problems and could have gone for another.

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Photo of kels
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pwoods for sharing with me!

Pours the color of light caramel-honey with a muddy consistency and a 2-finger sticky white head that fades to a thick, bubbly, well-retained skim leaving sticky rings of lacing behind.

Aroma is full of dry, earthy and citrusy hops. Alcohol is lightly noted, along with dry, crisp malts.

Taste is full of juicy and bittersweet citrusy flavors. Very wet and full-feeling. Good malt foundation provides a satisfying profile that is kept light and bright by the hops. Great tongue-coating stickiness promotes a long-standing aftertaste.

Drinkability is really high. While the alcohol was notable in the nose, it barely reaches the taste. It is an IPA that could please anyone - juicy yet sticky, sweet yet earthy, bitter yet bready.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold, with lots of little sediment particles floating in the brew. A massive pillowy sudsy foam head lasts forever, leaving clouds of sticky chunky lacing on the glass as the brew is consumed.

Aromas of citrus, green grapes, green hops, and ocean saltspray. Although you can smell lots of hops were used, there is nothing overboard, just a smooth inviting aroma.

The taste is quite different from the usual IPA and is quite laid back. At first there is some sweet malt, then a slightly bitter citrus hop taste kicks in, but then a bit of a grapy taste that adds a sub-layer of subdued sweetness (somewhat like Sauvignon Blanc, whence the Nelson Sauvin monicker comes from). Citrus rind prevails in the long finish.

Body seems a little more viscous than is typical of the style, as the yeast and other sedimentary particles remain in suspension. Ample carbonation gives this a somewhat creamy, as opposed to crisp, mouthfeel. The hops approach tongue numbing levels.

This is a very drinkable IPA, a different IPA with a unique aroma and taste, due to the Nelson Sauvin hop variety. Might be good to compare with Mikkeller Nelson or another Alpine beer like Exponential Hoppiness.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a light gold with mild haze, lots of visible carbonation, and 1 1/2 finger's worth of white fluffy head. Very pretty.

S: Tropical fruits, grapefruit, melon, lemon, grassy and a bit of dank and resin. I do feel like there's some white vinous character as well, but I don't know if that's just the power of suggestion from the label.

T: Tropical fruits, melon, a bit of spicy character; then citrus (lemon and some grapefruit). The resinous pine that I got in the nose doesn't appear in the palate. A light cracker malt lurks underneath the cacophony of hop flavors. Only mildly bitter on the hang for style.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Nelson's not always my favorite hop, but this is really quite enjoyable. Wonderfully crafted IPA. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of match1112
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to ehammond1 for sending this!

a: murky dark orange body with a slow and steady rise of bubbles from the botton. head is dirty white and stands a half inch tall leaving a nice spider web of lacing as this beer goes down all too quick.

s: nice and mello nose to this one. aromas of grapefruit, spice, rye and a little caramel blend nicely.

t: wowza! this is incredibly good. burst of grapefruit up front is nicely smoothed over by the rye.

m: nice carbonation level. the rye gives this a med-full body. little dry and bitter on the finish but is amazingly well balanced.

o: awesome! i grew up stealing sips of rye whiskey from granddad and have had a love for rye ever since. this beer fills that need very well. so smooth and drinkable! can't get over how awesome this beer is. if you havent had it, you need to.

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Photo of TIMMYJ21
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade ,now getting to drink and to the review, being poured in to a surly imperial pint glass

A-pours a hazy light golden orange and a wonderful creamy white head.tons of lace down the side of the glass

S- tropical fruit, notes of a musk rye up front with tons of tangerines and oranges

T-spicy rye, musky earthy malts, tons of nice tangerines, grapefruit and oranges. hops were done right in this one .

M- syrupy than the duet i just had recently with the same high carbonation feel to it and awesome crisp clean finish to it.

O-Amazing IPA one of my favorites , the tangerines and tropical fruit are super enjoyable. the bitterness is light and the flavors go together very well.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Green Flash bottle.

Pours bright light orange with a fizzy head that rises, but subsides. Smell is peppery, grassy, dry grapefruit. Big Nelson Sauvin nose. Taste is spicy rye with zesty dry grapefruit. Finishes smooth. Fizzy texture, but dense enough to be pretty slick in the mouth. Great spicy IPA, great use of NS hops.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed bright golden yellow with at least an inch of fluffy sticky bone white foam. The head leaves a nice lace in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of both white and ruby red grapefruit peel, pith, and juice, tangerines, oranges, lemon oil, fruity, white wine-like notes characteristic of this hop variety. Body is about medium could be a bit fuller, with adequate carbonation and quite dry throughout. Pretty tasty stuff and very easy to drink. Certainly worth checking out. Thanks a bunch Chris!

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Photo of eyncognito
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade from HopHead84, thanks Shane. I've been wanting some Alpine for some time now.

Pours a bright gold, hazy with a white head and good retention. Spotty lacing. An incredibly attractive pour. Aroma is a strange mixture of rye and hops. Citrus-orange and grapefruit dominates with notes of spicy rye, along with a strange piss smell that toes the line, not offensive, but it mingles with a dank weedyness.

Taste improves upon the nose. Citrus-orange and lime, tropical fruits-mostly unripe pineapple, along with some floral notes, the rye seems more subdued here, malt is toasty. Incredibly clean and dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high. Worth seeking out. Alpine's reputation seems deserved as a first rate brewery of hop-forward beers.

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Photo of Lunch
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bomber courtesy of the very generous volatilesther into my 22oz. HopDevil nonic pint glass at the appropriate temperature (03/24/10).

A: Pours a very odd shade of light brown that looks like no other beer I have seen, but I like it. Capped by 2+ finger of a white foam with excellent retention and some nice ringed lace.

S: Aroma was very pleasant and filled with a great variety of pine and citrus hops and a faint malt backbone. The rye in this one is certainly there, but not nearly as overpowering as some.

T: The rye and pine hops hit first and leave a pleasant bitterness. Citrus comes next with some orange and grapefruit. I'm really enjoying the integrating of the rye in this one.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation and just a bit of lingering bitterness and rye.

D: Extremely easy to drink and 7.1% is nowhere to be found.

Overall this was nice American IPA with rye, which was expertly balanced. If you are looking into trying a great IPA with hint of rye, this is your beer. Thanks again Esther! Recommended.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in my box for the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden tangerine color, with a foamy white head. Nice retention, with sticky lace all over the glass. Soft carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass, replenishing the head.

Smell: Soft white grape skin, honey sweetness, a touch of citrus, along with a touch of musk. Aroma is just slightly bitter.

Taste: The distinctive flavor of the Nelson Sauvin hops really carrry the flavor, with the rye providing a more complimentary dryness than an overwhelming flavor. White grape, orange rind, some grassiness give it a restrained juicy hop flavor. Other than the rye, the malt really takes a backseat, despite retaining a fragile delicateness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and tingly through most of the sip, which combined with the grape flavor gives it a sparkling wine feel. Strong dry character, and it has a little graininess.

Drinkability: This is a great change of pace from some of the other American IPAs I have been drinking. Still a strong hop presence, but the grape flavor really kicks this beer into a unique area of the palette. Very interesting, and one I would drink regularly if it was available here.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a bright golden color, moderate ivory head with decent retention and great lacing, fairly cloudy

s - you can really smell the spiciness of the rye on the nose, mixes in nicely with the big tangerine and grapefruit aromas from the hops, very unique smell

t - big bite of citrus up front with clear notes of grapefruit and tangerine rind, the mid-palate has a nice amount of sweetness to go along with the bitter citrus, finish is where the rye really comes into play with a good dose of spice mixing nicely with lingering bitterness and grapefruit, not too much alcohol evident

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, quite dry on the finish, not much by way of alcohol warming

d - pretty interesting and unique flavor and aroma keeps me wanting to finish the bottle, not too harsh on the palate, though it is dry, alcohol is not all that evident

Great stuff, all around. Great to see Alpine starting to bottle a few more of their offerings.

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Photo of RunDWP
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps the ultimate Southern California IPA. Had on tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego. Poured a light yellow color, almost the color of a lager, but plenty of lacing and sheeting action on the glass. Strong piney and floral aroma. A decent amount of malt, with a little detectable sweetness, but all the piney and slightly floral hop goodness was definately center stage. Excellent crispness to the hop bitterness. Just a joy to drink and right level of carbonation.

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Photo of rand
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

Pours a cloudy apricot-orange, forming a sudsy, 2-inch head, and I'm already catching wafts of fresh piny hops. The head is really sudsy and frothy, leaving a trail of pillowy lacing as it reluctantly recedes. Upon a deeper inhale, the malty sweetness really stands out, nearly masking the hop bite. The malty aromas combine with what smells like ripened tropical fruit, perhaps passion fruit or mango. Really tropical bouquet.

At the front of the sip, you catch the piny, leafy hops, with just a tinge of bitterness, but the tropical tones noted in the nose quickly rush your palate and dominate the flavor profile, adding a lot of sweetness. Serious tropical notes. If I didn't know better I'd have guessed Alpine added guava juice to the mix. The flavors are supported by a rich malt-backbone, which tastes like rye bread and gives the beer a full and chewy complexion. There's just a touch of burnt toast towards the end of the sip and some caramel residuals. Finishes sweet and balanced.

The brew's flavor profile is surprising, especially if you were expecting the clean, citrusy profile of a standard IPA. The rye changes the entire complexion of the ale, but once you get used to the rich and almost exotic tropical notes, the beer is completely delicious and quaffs easily. By far the best rye IPA I've had.

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Photo of Popkas
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another round of thanks goes out to tpd975 for this one!

A: Nice cloudy gold with a mountain of head - talking 2.5-3 fingers. Took some time for this one to settle.

S: Rush of citrus (pineapple and a little grapefruit?) up front with a hint of hoppiness at the end.

T: Tame upfront but follows through with a taste much the same as the smell.

M: Nice feel with plenty of carbonation.

D: I could see drinking several of these!

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Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll preface this by saying Single IPAs really aren't my thing.

Picked up a 2-day-old bottle at the brewpub, brought it home and shared with some friends last week (~5 days after bottling). Last bottle of Nelson shared with me was a few weeks old. For those of you wondering, lemme assure you there's a HUGE difference in IPAs when they are super fresh.

Incredible aroma of fresh, juicy oranges emanates from my glass. Hops not far behind, but this is orange central. The citrus fruits carry over strongly into the taste and really help balance out the hoppiness. By far the best Single IPA I've tasted to date, and arguably the first one I've ever enjoyed enough to want more.

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Photo of beerguru14
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour, Color, & Aroma:
I have the plea­sure of vis­it­ing the hills of San Diego many times a year due to hav­ing sev­eral of my wife’s fam­ily mem­bers liv­ing there. It just so hap­pens there is a gem of a brew­ery down the street called Alpine Beer Com­pany. They quickly became a place I made sure to visit any­time I was near. There­fore, Alpine being my favorite brew­ing com­pany, I wanted to review one of my go to sea­sonal brews.

This beer pours a nice cop­per gold with a slight hazi­ness. The head was a beau­ti­ful white color. Head retained itself for sev­eral min­utes leav­ing a nice lac­ing along the glass. The rye is promi­nent dur­ing the ini­tial sniff, fol­lowed by cit­rus, mostly a nice orange and grape­fruit aroma. There were also hints of caramel, bis­cuits, a bit of mango, a slight pear and another aroma that was hard to put my fin­ger on that could have been some­thing sim­i­lar to a cream/vanilla ice cream.



Taste:
This beer has a great fla­vor. There is a great hop pres­ence with a nice rye back­bone. The hops added a hand­some zesty grape­fruit to the already fla­vor­ful grain bill. Can’t imag­ine a rye beer that is more bal­anced than this. A hint of grape, orange and an earthy fla­vor slowly make its way up the palate. The malts are a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult to iden­tify only due to the other fla­vor pro­files that are right up front, but there was a faint caramel and bready flavor.



Fin­ish & Body:
The beer was light as well as very dry. The alco­hol gave me a slight warmth going down, and even at 7%, this beer was smooth! The beer could eas­ily be con­sumed due to its light body and very smooth finish.



Final Thoughts:
This is a great exam­ple of what a bal­anced rye beer should be. The brew­ers cer­tainly choose the best hops to com­pli­ment the rye used in the grain bill. The com­plex­ity of the beer would make this a dif­fi­cult beer for a new comer to the beer scene. If you are ever in the San Diego area, do your­self a favor and look these guys up! Prost!

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Photo of Dope
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Major fail for no bottle date.

A: Pours a hazy dull orange. Enormous frothy white head. Great head retention with a huge island of foam. Widespread spiderweb lacing from top to bottom.

S: Crisp grapefruit and a dry white wine. I guess Nelson hops really earn their name. Lost of apricot as it warms. A nice sharp rye malt to follow it. Familiar cat urine aroma in all the right ways.

T: Lots of grapefruit and cat urine. LOTS of it. One of the strongest ever. Robust but not overpowering spicy rye follows it and seemingly amplifies it. Not hugely bitter but has plenty of hop flavor to go around. Kind of an astringent, mouth-drying feel through the finish. Interesting white wine flavor lingering between sips. Really has a pretty convincing aftertaste. As it warms, the white wine is more and more prevalent.

M: Nice medium bodied. Long lasting bitterness and dryness leaves a lasting impression.

O: Man, Alpine can really make them, can't they? Had Duet last night which was amazing. This isn't QUITE as good. Very good, very different, just not quite as amazeballs. Not super bitter like duet but still has that big strength and complexity of hop flavors. Rye malt adds a further layer and stands out a bit. Great beer.

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Photo of uturn
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured into a Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery pint glass.

A: This beer poured a nice rich golden amber with a 1 finger white head.

S: As soon as you open up this bottle you get a whiff of citrus which keeps improving as it is poured into the glass.

T: As you taste this IPA you get a nice mildly bitter grapefruit taste followed by some mild sweetness from the rye which really balances this brew.

M: The Mouthfeel is light with mild carbonation.

D: The drinkability was exceptional. This is a great everyday brew, especially on hot Florida days/nights and for pairing with spicy foods.

If you are looking for something with a bit more of a hop kick you should try out Alpines "other" hoppy brews, such as Double (Imperial) I.P.A Pure Hoppiness or if you dare their Triple IPA Exponential Hoppiness

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Photo of LSUPT
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DeathVader, 22oz bomber to Stone IPA glass.
Pours a deep straw yellow with a great 3-inch white head. Leaves tons of thick lacing that dissipates gradually over the course of the drink but I prefer a bit darker IPA with better clarity.

Smell is amazing, not strong, but the grapefruit, pineapple and orange scents are divine.

White wine characteristics are noticeable, juicy, juicy hops, some pine, lots of grapefruit, similar to Sculpin but with, in my opinion, a greater complexity of flavor and Nelson Sauvin hop bitterness is really great.

Carbonation is pretty low, and the almost creamy mouthfeel is a bit weird for me for an IPA.

Overall, this is a very good IPA with the mouthfeel the only drawback for me, but I would love to be able to drink this beer more often.

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Photo of abrand
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second of the west coast IPA's. Another bottle from JesseTheHut.

22 ounce bomber poured into the SN tumbler. Label explains the use of New Zealand hops that are used in this.

The Nelson pours a hazy amber orange color. A nice frothy pure white head sits atop with very good lacing and retention. The color is much darker than other IPA's. Aromas are nice and sweet with citrus fruits popping out of a nice hop backbone. Also some hints of grains and caramel. Quaff is much different from other hoppy IPA's. Plenty of hops make up the taste but there is also some piny notes. Not much citrus in the mouth. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied. Plenty of hops bounce around on the tongue. Drinkability is obviously high, ABV allows you to sip a couple and taste is right there. I am very excited to move onto the other IPA's from Alpine.

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Photo of arukasa
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light amber, golden color with a thick, persistent head that leaves significant lace. Quite floral nose with light hops. Grapefruit nose becomes more prominent as the beer warms up.

There is a rye bite and bitterness that is amplified by the grapefruit nose. Light hop bitterness. This combination gives an almost salty "zing" that clears the palate. Good carbonation, smooth mouthfeel with a bitter salt/rye kick.

Overall, this is a great second or third beer that will cleanse your palate for what's next.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 2/3 - Slightly hazy pale yellow with medium bubbly head that hangs around for a real long time
S 10/12 - Pretty strong tropical fruit, pineapple dominating, but pretty solid grapefruit, too.
T 18/20 - A very solid sweet presence throughout, the pineapple coming throughout with a mild bitter hang, and a little spice on the finish...maybe that’s the rye?
M 5/5 - Bubbles lead to dryness that keeps me coming back for more
O 8/10 - Such a shame that it took me so long to get to this beer, an ancestor of what has become a genre: the tropical fruit IPA. If only pineapple sodas would taste like this (and have 5% ABV), I’d start drinking sodas again. For now, I’ll enjoy this Alpine.
43/50

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy copper gold. Attractive beer, but minimal head and lacing.

Smell is unlike any other beer I've had, likely the Nelson hops. Somewhat floral, a bit spicy, and something else I can't put my finger on.

Tastes follows the nose closely but slightly muted.

Mouthfeel is slick with tight carbonation.

Overall a fantastic beer I hope to get to enjoy again in the future.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.